Masui’s works are delicate and finely detailed watercolor paintings. After first applying a watercolor undercoating to the paper, she then builds up paint in layers on the picture plane, and creates the unique textures of her works through a combination of the effects of seeping blurs of the paint soaking into the paper, and her scrupulously careful application of line. Memories of the colors and the smells of her childhood, together with the cats, horses and birds that were in intimate proximity to her, co-exist organically on the backgrounds of Matsui’s paintings, as though these animals depicted therein are the symbolic creatures of myth.
The Mori Art Museum Chief Curator Mami Kataoka has written, ‘With watercolor on paper, she creates abstract landscapes that reference mythological narrative alongside traditions of pattern and decoration. Most of her compositions include a single animal moving through imaginary environments.’ (Mami Kataoka, ‘MASUI, YOSHINO’, The Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory, Phaidon/New Museum, 2009.)
Her works, woven from the experiences and mythologies she encountered in her hometown, affect viewers a sense of nostalgia or homesickness. We warmly invite you to view this exhibition featuring the works from her most recent solo show at Sumpu Museum in Shizuoka, accompanied with new works.
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